The weather is getting colder as we enter the later portion of the fall season. Some homeowners might have a stone fireplace where they can warm up during those cool autumnal days. If you’re using one, however, you have to be safe, as there are ways that fireplaces can cause damage to you and your home if you’re not careful. Read on if you want to learn how to safely use your stone fireplace.
Perform Fireplace and Chimney Inspections
Your stone fireplace and chimney should be inspected once per year to be sure they’re ready to be used. This inspection needs to be carried out by a professional, as they’ll be able to more easily identify any potential hazards your fireplace has.
Keep Flammable Objects Away From Your Stone Fireplace
Naturally, when you have a fireplace, you’ll have an open flame. This means flammable objects need to be kept at a safe distance away from your fireplace. This becomes increasingly important as the holiday season draws closer. As we approach the holiday season, there may be decorations you want to add around your fireplace. With that said, you need to be careful, and make sure anything that’s flammable is kept at a safe enough distance from your fireplace to avoid being exposed to the flames.
Clean Your Fireplace Regularly
You need to take time to regularly clean your stone fireplace. Doing this will keep leftover debris from piling up, which could potentially serve as a fire hazard otherwise. It’s not just debris that needs to be managed, however. You also have to clean the firebox, which is the spot where you place your logs to burn. This firebox should get cleaned weekly, sweeping up whatever dust there is in the vicinity. You’ll also want to place newspapers around the fireplace so you can catch whatever flue and brick debris you have.
Lastly, you need to worry about creosote deposits, which are a byproduct that stems from wood being burned within your fireplace. If you don’t clean up these deposits, you’ll start noticing a foul stench from your fireplace once the weather gets more humid. A mixture of warm water as well as baking soda should be sufficient to clean these deposits.
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